Phil Marchildon

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Philip Joseph Marchildon

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Biographical Information[edit]

A gunner and officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Phil Marchildon was shot down and spent nine months in a German prison as a POW. He served from November 1942 to July 1945.

He came back to home and major league baseball a grim, alienated, broken man struggling with shattered nerves. It's been said that no one ever saw him smile again. Whether this is literally true is a matter of conjecture, but the fact remains that although Marchildon survived the war, like many others, he didn't recover from it.

In spite of that, Marchildon had a good career both before and also after the war, mostly with the Philadelphia Athletics. He was a 26-year-old rookie when he broke in in 1940, and in 1942 he went 17-14. After the war, his best year was 1947, when he went 19-9. In 1942, the team finished far under .500, while in 1947, the team finished barely over .500.

Marchildon was an inaugural member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1942 & 1947)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1941, 1942 & 1946-1948)

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